Can your PC get FREE Windows 11 upgrade? How to find out if it’s good enough

WINDOWS 11 is finally official, and it’ll bring major improvements to your PC.

But not all computers are born equal – and your laptop or desktop might not have the chops to run it.

The new layout shows the Taskbar in the centre of the screen2

The new layout shows the Taskbar in the centre of the screenCredit: Microsoft

Windows is one of the world’s most popular operating systems.

In fact, Windows 10 is already running on billions of machines globally, despite being just a few years old.

Windows 11 replaces it, bringing new features and a redesigned look that’s far cleaner.

But this means computers will need to be slightly more powerful to run it.

Windows 11 makes some major changes2

Windows 11 makes some major changes

Probably the easiest way to check if your computer can run Windows 11 is to download Microsoft’s own app.

It’ll check for you – grab it here:

If you already know what sort of hardware your computer has, you can check against the official list manually.

Microsoft says that at a minimum, you’ll need:

Processor: 1GHz or faster with two or more cores (64bit)

RAM: 4GB or more

Storage: 64GB or more

Firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable

Graphics Card: Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver

Display: HD (720p) bigger than 9 inches diagonally, 8bits per colour channel

You’ll also need an internet connection and a Microsoft account to set up a Windows 10 Home Edition for the first time.

Microsoft has also warned that any laptops built and sold from 2023 onwards will need to have a webcam to run Windows 11.

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In other news, Instagram is making it easier for you to publicly display your pronouns on your profile.

Facebook is facing backlash in the US over plans to create a version of Instagram for children under 13.

And, China is claiming to be a world leader in 6G technology, according to reports.


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